Photo by @gerdludwig. in the living room of her small apartment in moscow, angelina, a cosplayer, is posing in the roll of katrina from the book of life. cosplay, a shortening of the words costume and play, is a performance art during which participants wear costumes, masks, and accessories to depict specific characters. the photograph is an outtake from my recent story on the putin generation, which examines the attitudes and outlooks of young people in russia. it was published in the december issue of @natgeo.
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Photo by @brianfinke featured in the february cover story, the birth of booze. a chinese newlywed toasts her guests with a traditional cup of rice wine. the drink has been consumed in china for at least 9,000 years; a chemical residue found in a jar of that age is the oldest proof of a deliberately fermented beverage. but the influence of alcohol probably extends even deeper into prehistory.
Video by @joelsartore | a group of endangered perdido key beach mice exploring their surroundings.
as their name implies, these mice inhabit prime real estate- ocean front property along the gulf of mexico. for decades, these beach mice have struggled to persist as sand dunes turned into high-rise condominiums and hurricanes repeatedly flattened and scoured their 16-mile long island. this species most recently teetered on extinction following an active hurricane season in 2004, but now beach mouse populations are currently at a 30-year high, with over 600 individuals. conservation actions and endangered species act protections must continue, as the next struggle may be just one hurricane season away.
to see a portrait of these mice snuggling together, check out @joelsartore!
Photos and videos by @dguttenfelder | scenes from the viking and slav festival in wolin, poland and viking historical sites in ribe & trelleborg, denmark. swipe left to see more photos from my story on vikings featured in the latest issue of @natgeo.#myvikinglife
vanished for centuries, vikings still capture our imaginations, but how much do we truly know? did you know that they had women warrior commanders and traveled to more than 50 cultures as distant as afghanistan and canada?
these medieval seafarers and warriors live on in the invented worlds of filmmakers, novelists, and comic book artists. today most of us can reel off details of these imagined vikings- how they fought and feasted, where they lived, how they died. but how much do we really know about the vikings? who were they, how did they see the world, and what were their lives truly like? now, with advanced technology- from satellite imagery to dna studies and isotope analysis- archeologists and other scientists are coming up with many surprising new answers. -heather pringle / national geographic
for our march 2017 national geographic cover story, "new visions of the vikings”, photographer @robertclarkphoto shows us the revealing archeological sites, sleek wooden ships, ornate treasures, and stunning weapons. photographer @dguttenfelder traveled to massive viking battle reenactments, in wolin, poland and reconstructed living history viking sites across denmark, to show the public’s ongoing fascination with vikings and to try to bring viking history to life.
Video by @joelsartore | an endangered crested capuchin named milo at the @thelosangeleszoo. sadly, milo passed away not long ago after a long illness. he was a 22-year-old male and the leader of his troop of twelve at the los angeles zoo. milo was also a great father to his eleven offspring. we'll miss you milo!
to see a portrait of milo, follow @joelsartore.
Photo by @franslanting baring your teeth at someone can be a sign of aggression. but here, lana, a female bonobo, was doing it to provoke me. bonobos and humans are so closely related that we share many facial expressions—and an ability to use deception. that is exactly what lana was doing here. she was feigning aggression to get my attention—evidence of a social sophistication that crosses species boundaries. i spent several days with lana and other bonobos in a captive family group for a series of intimate portraits to help people understand how unique bonobos are. follow me @franslanting for more bonobo portraits.
It's really hard to explain what its like to be this close to the king of beasts. lions have a presence, a magnificent swagger that exudes superiority. it was quite a humbling feeling, being 10 feet away from this guy–in the safety of my little rental car. kruger national park, south africa, is very accessible, you don't need a 4x4 vehicle, and it's a beautiful 4 to 5 hour drive from johannesburg. on assignment for @natgeotravel#krugernationalpark for more images from kruger follow @kengeiger
big cat week started today monday feb 20th! on ng wild - http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/wild/big-cat-week/#bigcatweek
Photo by @stephenwilkes: the 30 combined miles of beaches in rio de janeiro are some of the most crowded (and beautiful) in the world. locals and tourists - including myeslf - alike visited ipanema beach this winter which is a sunny escape from the cold, gray days of the north.
Photo by @martinschoeller
martin: “hi arlando, good to see you. have you ever been homeless?”
arlando: “i have been but not recently. i deliver food to homeless shelters, i even went out to san francisco with a couple of churches to help the homeless out there. it’s kinda like the workin’ poor where you could be homeless but you know somebody, so you’re one stage from it. you know, it’s like when you have family, when you have friends you don’t have to necessarily hit the streets but if they say no, you’d be right there. circumstances. it’s just you kinda lucked out a little bit better in the lottery, you know what i’m sayin’? the lottery of life. ‘cause you know in the lottery of life you don’t know who your family will be. the homeless people that i know are just like me and you. it’s no difference. born to somebody else, they’d be in a different position.” .
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Video by @christian_foto (christian rodriguez )
video at the texolo waterfall park located in the municipality of xico, in veracruz, mexico. the main waterfall has an approximate height of 78.7 feet. there is a bridge over the ravine that connects both parts of the forest. on the other side, there are two smaller waterfalls that can be seen from some of the trails in the area.
the waterfalls and their surroundings have been used to film several films. video by @christian_foto / @prime_collective#waterfall#xico#veracurz#mexico
Photo by @shonephoto (robbie shone with words by @m_synnott (mark synnott) - “misha, p-l-e-a-s-e l-i-s-t-e-n c-a-r-e-f-u-l-l-y,” i say, holding up the old frayed rope to which we are tied. “i don’t want to climb any higher. if you won’t go down with me, i will untie and solo to the bottom.” with his brawny arms crossed over his chest, misha locks me in an icy stare and mutters something in russian. we’ve been arguing on this tiny ledge for nearly an hour, which, considering we don’t share a common language, is becoming ridiculous. what’s clear is that he adamantly refuses to bail. earlier in the day, when we surveyed this 1200-foot cliff from the base, i realized there was no way we could safely climb it with the motley assortment of old russian caving gear we had scrounged up in camp. i said as much to misha and thought he had agreed, but somehow he has cajoled me halfway up the cliff. peering down at the hundreds of feet of crumbling limestone we’ve already scaled, it dawns on me that i’m bluffing—and misha knows it. my only option is to give in and go for the top. though misha is a world-class caver (and more stubborn than the donkeys that carried our gear into these mountains), he has little climbing experience. this leaves the dangerous job of leading the upper headwall to me, but i’m here to go caving not climbing, so i don’t even have sticky-soled rock shoes. when we finally top out late in the day—not far from where this photo was taken—misha just shrugs and gives me a look as if to say, “see, i told you it was no problem.” and that’s how i accidentally made the first ascent of hodga gur gur ata, in a remote corner of uzbekistan—on the very first day of our expedition to dark star. i haven’t discussed it with misha, but i was thinking we could call our route russian roulette.
over the next few weeks we will upload a series of photographs on the nat geo instagram feed from our recently published magazine story featured inside the march 2017 issue about a team of daring russian explorers hoping to find the underground everest - dark star (cave) inside the mighty baisun tau cliff in southern uzbekistan. stay tuned to see more.
big cat week starts today monday feb 20th! on ng wild - http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/wild/big-cat-week/#bigcatweek
i am working on a @natgeo jaguar story in the pantanal of brazil. here are 2 cubs cooling off and relaxing in a tree. jaguars are the 3rd largest of the big cats. found from us / mexico border to northern argentina. jaguars have rebounded in this area where 95% of the land is privately owned. in the past many ranchers would k**l the cats when they ate their cattle. today in this area tourism brings in much more money to the local economy than cattle ranching. so the jaguar population is increasing. but revenge killings of jaguars happen close to this area and all throughout the jaguars range. also poaching for skins, bones and teeth is growing for the first time since the 1970’s to feed the demand for asian traditional medicine and luxury items from endangered species. “stop the demand and the killing can too.” @wildaid @bertiegregory
my first story with big cats was the 1st @natgeo jaguar story 20 years ago! it has changed my life working with the magical and magnificent cats of the world. animals have emotions just like we have-kids hang out and play like these 2 cubs.. forests provide us with up to 50% of the oxygen we breathe - oceans the rest. they give us 75% of the fresh water.
if we can save the forest of the amazon and other areas in central and south america for the jaguar and puma. the forests of central africa for the leopard, lion, elephants etc. and the forests of south asia for the tigers and leopards. if you save the top predator in any ecosystem you save everything that lives with them.
so if - we save big cats we can help save ourselves. please visit causeanuproar.org to find out other ways to become involved to save big cats!
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